Hawaii Five-0 Review: New Year, Same Five-0

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"Ka Ho'oponopono" - The Fix

In our first offering of 2012, Steve and Five-0 took on a complex case that ended up being about more than was initially believed. I really enjoyed the twist and turns that it took, as I kept changing who I suspected and never saw the truth coming. 

Sadly, that was the majority of my enjoyment for this episode, as there were some moments that forced me to yell at the TV is disbelief.

To start, I’m really done with Shelburn. I was hopeful that when Joe and Chin Ho were in the car after the Yakuza drove by, we would get some sort of information. Sadly, nothing. Then, at the end when Steve pointed out he was tortured and Jena Kaye died and he wanted answers, I thought we might finally get the next bread crumb . Nope, nadda. I’m so tired of the show bringing up Shelburn but not moving the plot forward that I’m at the point where I simply don’t care anymore.

Joe and Chin Ho

Wait, we did learn that Joe help Hiro fake his death. Is this connected to Shelburn? Who knows?!? Joe got out of the car and walked away. Then again, Joe did a lot of walking out in this episode. At the police station, for example. Since when can the suspect be the one who decides when he is done and strolls out? I guess if the head of Five-0 is working as you’re personal chauffeur you can. Really, are you kidding me?

Then again, Steve had his fair share of beyond believable moments as well. First, he decided that Joe’s method of getting answers was a good one when he kidnapped the replacement jury member to get answers out of him by pretending to hold him off a cliff edge, then arrested him afterwards for the answers he gave. Really, are you kidding me? 

Afterwards, he decided to go solo into a Yakuza compound to rescue Joe. I’m not what I was more shocked by on this one: That he did a commando style raid, that he went alone or that he didn’t just arrest them all for kidnapping. After all, he had no problems arresting a guy he dangled off a rock ledge with a bag over his head.

Okay, to be fair, I did enjoy Lori and Kono at the school, especially Lori's reaction to the kid trying to run. While they seem to still be trying to figure out what image they want for Lori, I think she and Kono made a pretty nice team and hope we see them do more "girl power" scenes together.

In closing, I fully acknowledge that this series is a work of fiction and that many shows take liberties in the name of entertainment. However, that doesn’t give the writers carte blanche to assume the viewing audience knows nothing about the subject material or that we would believe anything they write. How about this: if you’re going to take reality off the table, could you write in some light sabers, phasers or an elf or two? Just to keep things interesting.


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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (164 Votes)

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LuB i can relate to spelling errors, hey question should Kensi drom Ncis LA join H5O in place of Lori?


Sorry for the typing errors!!!!


That said, Dave Kalstein (co-producer and writer of NCISLA)tweeted that after 3x15 and 3x16 nobody would ask about Kensi´s dad, so she´ll probably find everything out.
The crossover would be amazing and would help 5-0 to gain a little more viewers since NCISLA has bigger rating numbers than 5-0 (15 to 17 million viewers per week).
Also somebody wrote that nevet got interested in NCISLA because didn´t liked NCIS, I personally think that tha only thing the original and the spin-off have in common is the name, other than that completely different shows. PS: I trid to like Lori, I swear to God that I tried, but it didn´t work she annoys the crap out of me. But I also think unfortunately she will stay. I really hope I´m wrong.


I watch both shows (5-0 and NCISLA)and I don´t think Shellburne and Kensi´s father have anything to do with each other. In the first season she tells Nate she was 15 when he was foun dead the morning after going for drinks with his navy buddies, but that case went cold. She never found out what really happened, but as he was a marine, I assume she went to Hawaii to try to collect information.


@Jeffrey S.K.......By Monday's repeat or the new episode on 1-16-12.
Either way I think it will be easy.


Let's embrace H50 show the love by posting up to 350. Comments by the next episode!


@Zia - I can't do anything about it because people have already voted. It is a mistake, my mistake but that's just a minor one. I think we can be forgiven for that.


@Martinelli.....I'm sorry, McGarrett is spelled with 2 t's at the end. My mistake. I don't know if you can correct it, I'm sure someone will point it out. They know who it is. Thanks again for doing it.


@Lena @Zia - Your welcome. I tweeted it, you too can tweet it and let's see who Shelburn is, right? :)


@Martinelli....Thanks, I voted. I struggled because its hard to vote for one. You should get a lot more votes after the weekend. It will be interesting to see how people think, I can't imagine that it would not be someone on that list.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 13 Quotes

Chin Ho: HPD is not going to just let this go.
Joe: Apparently neither is the Yakuza, we've got company.

Luke: Listen man.
Steve: Sir, you call me SIR.